If you’re passionate about your gardening, this article is the real deal for you. Stop using chemicals and pesticides on your plants, and we’ll give you a few good reasons to use vinegar to boost your gardening skills. Conventional fertilizers and pesticides are cheap and toxic. Vinegar, on the other hand, is cheap and natural. What would you pick first?
Here are the best uses of vinegar in the garden:
- Deter pets and pests
Spray vinegar on several spots in your garden to keep cats away from it. Cats, dogs, rodents, moles, and rabbits hate vinegar. You can also soak old piece of clothes in white vinegar, and hang it. Re-soak it after every rain.
- Clean clay pots
Clay pots keep the soil moist, and prevent rotting in hot summer days. But, they also absorb minerals from the water, and look dirty over time. Use white vinegar to clean them.
First, scrub any residues, and soak the pots in vinegar solution for 30 minutes. Use a cup of 5% vinegar and 3-4 cups of water. Use pure vinegar to get rid of the residues.
- Ant repellent
Vinegar is a natural insecticide. Spray it around your garden to keep ants away from it.
- “Kill” weed
Spray undiluted vinegar on your walkways or walls to keep your garden neat and weed-free.
- Keep cut flowers fresh for longer
Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to your vase. Change the solution after 3 days.
- Remove weeds
Combine a cup of salt, a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of dish soap, and a gallon of 5% vinegar. Spray the weeds in your garden with the solution.
- Repel insects
Add 2 parts of water, one part of vinegar, and a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to a spray bottle. Shake well, and spray.
- Repel fruit flies
Add half a cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of molasses, a cup of water, and a quarter cup of sugar to a container, and hang it in your garden. It will trap the flies almost instantly. Use the same solution for other types of flies.
- Boost acid-loving plants
Refresh your rhododendrons, gardenias and azaleas. Use a cup of vinegar and a gallon of water, and water your plants.
- Get rid of fungus
The dark spots on your plants are nothing but a fungus or mold. Add 2 teaspoons of vinegar to a cup of chamomile tea. Spray your plants. If you’re treating your roses, use 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 4 liters of water.
- Get rid of snails and slugs
This is the most common “anti-snail remedy.” Use it in your garden to protect your plants from snails and slugs.
Vinegar works well on okra, asparagus, moonflowers, glories and other similar seeds, including those that don’t germinate easily.
Use sandpaper to scrub the seeds. Combine 500 ml of warm water, 125 ml of vinegar and a squirt of washing liquid. Soak your sees overnight, and plant them in the morning.